Between East and West: Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation by Uri Bialer

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By Uri Bialer

Israel's political allegiance to the West is at the present time unquestioned. within the early years after 1948, notwithstanding, the course of Israel's international coverage remained doubtful. during this vital e-book, Dr. Bialer describes the interior debates in the Israeli political events, and especially the hugely ideological exertions stream, at the offerings between pro-Soviet, pro-Western or nonaligned overseas regulations. applying lately declassified records, the writer has performed wide examine within the country data and in different records; his account is predicated overwhelmingly on fundamental assets. This ebook examines the ideological elements of those debates in addition to extra fabric motivation components: dependence on U.S. reduction, exchange hyperlinks with the Soviet bloc, reliance on Czech palms provides, and the measure of freedom allowed to the Soviet and East ecu Jewish groups to to migrate to Israel. Dr. Bialer concludes that there has been no replacement method for Israel to undertake; the lean in the direction of the West was once inevitable.

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Mapai's party line had been strictly observed even prior to statehood. Criticism — some of it sharp — was occasionally voiced in internal debates on orientation issues with Hashomer Haza'ir, "Faction B" and later Mapam. But, in general, party members exercised restraint in oral and written pronouncements affecting the Soviet Union. The motive was essentially pragmatic - the desire to pierce the barrier between the Jewish community in Israel and Russian Jewry, and the fear that adverse comment might be detrimental.

Of cardinal importance, however, was the issue of aliyah: The sources of aliyah are dwindling, as the great reservoirs in the United States and [Europe] have not as yet been opened. We are left with the North African aliyah; but how large is it? This does not mean that there is some panacea for arranging aliyah from Eastern Europe. But I am prepared to continue banging my head against this wall as long as there is a chance of bringing it down. I therefore cannot agree with a political step that relinquishes one side ...

1949, LPA. 1949, LPA. Publicism, Inter-Party Politics and Non-Alignment 37 concerned with the problem ot Hador but in fact ranging over a variety of international issues) produced unanimity about Livneh's tone. " 7 But despite the feeling of the majority that the line reflected in the paper was dangerously exaggerated, serious disagreement arose over questions of principle, and particularly over the permissible framework of reference with regard to issues related to the Soviet Union. " 8 The debate brought into focus questions which had often been voiced but which had hitherto never been answered officially.

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